World Chicken Festiva
Colonel Sanders, the famous founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, created his very first restaurant in Laurel County in in the 1940s. Today, the county likes to celebrate this heritage with the annual World Chicken Festival. This festival takes place during the last weekend in September in downtown London. These four fun-filled days feature tons of attractions, such as carnival rides, face painting, a parade, and a car show. And, of course, the festival has a whole lot of fried chicken. This is not just any fried chicken, however. The chicken at the World Chicken Festival is all prepared on-site in the world's largest skillet.
The Redbud Ride is sure to be one of the most beautiful and the challenging bike rides you have ever experienced. Starting in downtown London, the route will take you through picturesque forests featuring some of the most stunning scenery in Kentucky. You will even make your way through one of the top 10 redbud sightseeing routes in the state, hence the name of the ride. Whether you choose the 23, 38, 70, or 102 mile ride, stops are provided every 15 miles to make sure you have the energy to keep going.
Laurel County History
Located in a renovated 8,000-square foot barn, the Laurel County History Museum and Genealogy Center strives to educate the public about this area's interesting history. It seeks to honor those that fought in the Civil War, the men and women that first settled in the county, and those who have made a difference in the community ever since. The museum is open every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. For those that grew up or have family from the area, the genealogy center also provides one hour of free genealogical research to help you trace your own history.